Challenge #02026-E202: Common Sense Human Medical Advisor
Under great stress, the human brain will launch the production of combat drugs to better face the situation. It will nearly always allow your fellow human crew member to survive and save you, even if the course of action seems stupid and dangerous. The biggest problem could be when those drugs leave the organism : usually the human will act as normal and go back to his/her normal behaviour. But in some case, the human mental will temporary "crumble to dust" and it could led to delayed panic attack. We advise you to not come near any human suffering it, as it could lead to injure, except if you are a medical personnel. -- Anon Guest
The answer to sudden adrenaline deprivation is not, as many would think, more adrenaline. Humans only produce it for certain situations, and sparking a life-or-death reaction in a non-life-or-death situation never ends well. Post adrenaline 'crashing' can be treated with several steps:
- No sudden movements or loud noises: maintain a calm, soothing voice and talk your way through everything you do. Obsess about getting permission. It is your goal to make the Human feel comfortable and safe.
- Allow them to vent in a safe manner: such as, hugging a plushie or a pillow, stroking faux fur, harmless stims[eg: flapping, verbal nonsense], jumping, fastening and unfastening outer layers [keep patient behind offensensitivity screens], crying, low-volume cursing [employ audio offensensitivity screening], rocking, and kneading [supply soft, malleable object].
- Maintain hydration: preferably via warm solutions of sucrose, fructose, and glucose. Do ask which flavour they find most soothing in a warm beverage. Do not supply stimulants. Do not supply sedatives.
- Maintain core body temperature: post-adrenaline, a Human is likely to lose a great amount of body heat. Ensure their livesuit is maintaining their temperature or, if not livesuited, supply thermal blankets and check core temperature via non-invasive scans.
- Walk it off: many Humans will be agitated during the post-adrenaline 'crash'. If this is the case, help the Human walk only if they are physically capable. Use your scans to be certain of this as adrenaline has a lingering anasthetic effect. An injured Human 'crashing' from adrenaline will not feel any injuries until their system is clear. If they cannot walk, give them a repetitious task that they are capable of performing without further injury [see step 2]
- Reassurance: post-adrenaline Humans are prone to panic. Gently reassure them that the crisis is over and all is well. Tell them they did a good job, regardless of your personal assessment that their actions may have been reckless. Remember that sparks several instinctive reactions and a Human under the influence has little control over the actions they take.
- Quiet time: if your patient is prone to fall asleep, allow them to do so only once you are certain that they are safe. Run standard wellness checks to be certain of their health, and monitor life signs whilst the patient rests.
- Talk it out: Supply counselling if necessary.
If the patient is engaged in harmful venting [eg: loud swearing, yelling, punching things, or kicking] gently encourage them towards more peaceful occupations. Toys made for stress play may be advisable [see file: Stress Toys].
It is natural for Humans to produce and process adrenaline. Allowing a Human to come down from its influence is highly recommended by all Mediks. If none of these procedures work on your Human, please consult with the nearest Emergency Response Team.
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